Ponte dei Pugni, Venice

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Bridge · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Ponte dei Pugni is a bridge in Venice, Italy.

One of the paintings of Joseph Heintz the Younger (Contest on the Fists Bridge in Venice by Joseph Hines, Jr., 1673) depicts the popular fun in Venice – battagliole sui ponti (battle on the bridge) – an annual competition between the inhabitants the eastern and western sestiere .
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  • As a place for settle disputes between neighborhoods or large families, the Pone dei Pugni was the scene of many fights before fighting on the bridge was banned. I am sure many tourists pass over it....  more »
  • This location was used in the 1600’s as a place for fist fights between differing clans. The loser would be thrown into the canal. Today there are painted footprints on the bridge where the...  more »

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